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The perfect solution to clogged and frozen discharge lines in Colorado

A proper discharge line for a sump pump shouldn’t end just outside the foundation wall. If it does, discharge water will likely seep back into your basement or crawlspace before long, especially when temperatures drop below freezing.

FreezeGuard installed on home
An escape route. Water escapes from the FreezeGuard fitting only when the discharge line becomes clogged. Otherwise, water flows past the slotted openings into the drain pipe.

Instead, a slightly sloped discharge pipe should run underground, a minimum of 10 feet, to daylight where possible (and to a dry well or drain field when not possible). Things sometimes go wrong, however, because drain lines are sometimes susceptible to freezing, especially when you live in Colorado.

This can occur at a snow- and ice-covered outlet or inside the pipe itself. If the discharge pipe is blocked, your pump will continue to run but the system won’t expel water. The result? A flooded basement.

Are you worried that your discharge line might freeze over when the temperatures drop? Complete Basement Systems can help prevent wintertime freeze-up of discharge lines.

We install the patented FreezeGuard system, an anti-freeze fitting that is installed outside of your home and ejects water away from the foundation in the event that the sump pump discharge lines freeze or become clogged.

Why not make sure that you have a dry basement all the time? We install a variety of patented sump pumps protected by the FreezeGuard sump pump discharge line system.

The specially engineered FreezeGuard system solves the problem of frozen discharge lines to provide you with a reliable waterproofing system even during the coldest temperatures. FreezeGuard is a perfect solution to sump pump discharge lines in Colorado. Contact us today for a free installation estimate..

FreezeGuard keeps water out of the basement even if the drain freezes

Protect the basement. When this home’s discharge line was blocked by frozen snow and ice, FreezeGuard allowed the water to escape during repeated pump cycles and saved the basement from being flooded.

If you live in the Greater Denver area where the discharge line from your sump pump is susceptible to freezing in the winter, consider installing our anti-freeze device called FreezeGuard. It will allow discharged water to escape if the drain freezes (or clogs for any reason).

There are no valves to turn or hoses to attach – operation is automatic. Under normal operation, no water will spill through the open slots due to its flared design.



If you have a frozen discharge line, you could end up with plenty of problems. That’s because a frozen discharge line often creates certain problems you weren’t expecting to have to deal with. 

  • No Outlet for Water 

The most obvious problem that arises with a frozen discharge line is the fact that there is no outlet for water. When the discharge line freezes, it typically freezes fairly far down the line. That means it’s often buried deep underground, which means the water your sump pump is pumping out will no longer have a place to go. 

A frozen discharge line typically leads to a flooded basement. That’s because the sump pump will try to pump the water out, the water will hit the ice in the discharge line and the water will go back to the basement. Since there’s nowhere for the water to go, so the sump pump will keep working but will not be able to pump the water out. 

  • Other Areas Flooding 

It’s also possible that this problem could lead to other areas of the home flooding as well. Although it’s not extremely common for other areas of the home to flood, the water in the basement can rise high enough for it to harm other areas of the home, especially if you’re dealing with an acute flooding issue. 

If you didn’t have a reputable professional install the discharge line, it could also be more dangerous than you realize. Some less-reputable individuals will route the discharge line through the sewer line. When this discharge line backs up, it’ll back up the entire sewer line, which could result in your toilet or sink spewing up water.

The FreezeGuard™ system can help your discharge line stay safe in the case of a discharge line freeze. With the FreezeGuard™ system, you don’t have to worry about whether or not your discharge line ever has freezing problems. 

  • During Normal Function 

Because of how the FreezeGuard™ system works, it won’t have any impact on your discharge line during normal function. With the FreezeGuard™ system, your sump pump will operate as always and you won’t notice any difference. 

It can be helpful to remember that you need a high-quality sump pump system regardless of the other basement waterproofing system elements. Even if you have a FreezeGuard™ on your discharge line, it won’t be as effective if the sump pump itself doesn’t pump well. Getting a high-quality sump pump should be the first step. 

  •  When Your Discharge Line Freezes or Clogs 

When your discharge line has a freeze in it, that’s when the FreezeGuard™ system starts to work. The FreezeGuard™ system has alternate openings in it. When water backs up in the discharge line, the water will then flow out of the FreezeGuard™ system, bypassing the rest of the discharge line entirely and allowing your sump pump to continue pumping even with a discharge freeze. 

The same thing will happen if there’s a clog in the discharge line. That means the FreezeGuard™ system is extremely beneficial for your home because it can help protect against both frozen discharge lines and clogged discharge lines. If you notice that the FreezeGuard™ system is engaged when it’s not cold enough for the line to freeze, consider talking to a repair expert to find out if there’s a clog.

Managing the FreezeGuard™ system is important if you want to make sure that your sump pump can work all the time, even when the discharge line freezes. The reason that you need to maintain your FreezeGuard™ system is that it has an extremely significant impact on your discharge line. 

  • Freezing Is Always a Possibility in Cold Areas 

Even if you live in a typically warm area, chances are that it gets at least fairly cold in the winter. Typically, a discharge line only freezes once the air temperature drops significantly below freezing (32°F). However, if there is water in the discharge line, it may freeze even at the freezing point. 

What does this mean for you? It means that the FreezeGuard™ system should be near the top of your list even if you live in a typically warm area. If the FreezeGuard™ system saves your home’s basement from even one frozen discharge line, it’s worth it to install the system. 

  • Discharge Lines Backing up Can Be Devastating 

When you have a sump pump, you’re expecting it to pump out water that collects in your home’s basement. That means a discharge line backing up can be devastating. Even an inch of standing water in the basement can create tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. 

When your discharge line backs up, you can end up on the hook for a tremendous amount of damage. Stopping that damage in its tracks requires that you plan for a variety of potential problems. You must manage your discharge line as effectively as possible, which may mean installing the FreezeGuard™ system.

Installing the FreezeGuard™ system could be a huge step forward when it comes to your discharge line needs. Discharge lines tend to overflow, especially if you live in a cold area, and installing FreezeGuard™ could help with that. 

  • An Expert Required 

It’s important to remember that you need an expert to install the FreezeGuard™ system. If you don’t have an expert installing the system, you’re much more likely to end up with serious problems. Even a simple misstep could result in the FreezeGuard™ system not working appropriately. That could end up causing problems for your basement should the system need to step in. 

Sure, the FreezeGuard™ system may look simple, but remember that it’s keeping your basement from overflowing. You want to make sure you’re installing it effectively if you’re going to do it at all. The best way to do that is to get an expert to help you with the process. 

  • Request a Quote from Complete Basement Systems 

When you’re installing the FreezeGuard™ system, you want to make sure you’re also ensuring your basement’s health in other ways. There are many issues that your basement could be having even if you’re unaware of them. This is another reason it’s such a good idea to get installation help from an expert. Your best bet for a FreezeGuard™ system installation and a healthy basement is to request a quote from Complete Basement Systems. Complete Basement Systems can help you install the FreezeGuard™ system and do everything else that you need to maximize your basement’s waterproofing system. No matter what, your basement’s health should be a top priority.

The SafeDri™ ProX, SafeDri™ Pro, and SafeDri™ Triple sump pump systems come standard with the FreezeGuard anti-freeze device in regions where freezing temperatures are a problem. FreezeGuard is just one of the many sump pump features we install.

Don’t let your basement flood this winter from a frozen discharge line! We provide our waterproofing products to homeowners all throughout Greater Denver, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and cities nearby. Contact Complete Basement Systems today for a free cost estimate to have the FreezeGuard anti-freeze discharge device installed in your home today.

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